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Toyota 4Runner, Engine, Exhaust, Fuel System, SUV
#769 of 874 Re: [Mr_Shiftright]
Apr 11, 2005 (10:37 am)
Okay, I have read many of the responses and it seems that the nay sayers are the ones that have never experienced what you are talking about, just too much time on their hands and respond just to be negative. I have a 2003 4Runner Limited and experience the smell almost daily. They apparently have never been exposed, because if they had ever experienced it, they would sing a different tune. When you are driving down the road and your vehicle "farts" and it smells like you are driving thru a very active sewage treatment plant on a hot day and you can't breath, there would be no question that something is seriously wrong with the vehicle. It is bad with the windows closed and even worse with the windows open. I took it to the dealer and they gave me something from Toyota that said there was no manufacturer problem, but a gas problem. Soon after that a TSB came out saying how to fix the problem. No problem, why do you need a TSB. I took it back to the dealer, a different one and wow there is no problem again, because it didn't stink for them. Sorry we can't fix it if there is no problem (duh, I gave them he TSB, must be a problem). It is in the shop today, I called the owner of the dealership I purchased the vehicle at. I said, remember the 2001 Corvette convertible I traded in on this vehicle, I need you to do something about my car farting (he drives the Corvette, by the way). He said bring it in and we will take care of it. Toyota knows there is a problem, otherwise no TSB. If the vehicle is under warranty, fix the damn thing. Enough said.....
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May 23, 2005 (9:45 am)
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#771 of 874 Re: TSB [mrwhipple]
Jun 13, 2005 (6:46 am)
I've been having the sulfur problem as well, but my dealership refuses to fix it. They claim they would wind up putting the same part in since the 2004 part will not fix?!?
What method did you use to fix this problem, and do you have a 2005 Model? If so, do you know what part number your dealership used?
#772 of 874 Re: Is this still a problem on 2004 model? [alan88]
Jun 14, 2005 (12:26 pm)
I own toyota 4R V6 2004 with 25.ooo miles on it,this week I drove to PA from New York 117 miles ,and we started suffering that terrible smell on and off .the thing I noticed was that when I used the cruise control the smell did not come on, I changed the air filters but nothing happens the smell is stronger then ever,that is to say toyota did nothing for the 2004 model.
Jun 22, 2005 (8:33 pm)
I too, like the rest of you have the ever-annoying sulfur problem. However, I am becoming ever more aware of the presense of what smells like burning isopropyl alcohol, or perhaps methanol, this occurs, like the sulfur, under increased acceleration, ergo it leads me to believe its origins are shared with the H2S produced by the CAT, any help?
#774 of 874 Re: different odor [busaturbo]
Jun 27, 2005 (9:55 am)
I have a 03 4 runner v8 limited. This SMELL has literally made me ill......but (a little slow) it took me a while to realize my illnesses and the smell were related. My dealership Santa Monica Toyota has been totally non responsive and I am seriously at the boiling point!!!!
#775 of 874 Re: sulfur smell [trenray]
Jun 28, 2005 (7:57 am)
Did Toyota ever help you? I didn't know that this smell was a 4Runner problem until I checked out Edmunds last night. Of course it's more noticeable now that I roll down my windows. I purchased in the winter when it was less notiecable. I called the dealership and was told that the "check engine" light would need to be on before they would do anything.
Jun 28, 2005 (11:14 am)
I an having the same problem with sulfur coming in my car through the a/c vents. It happens periodically with out windows open but if I have the back window cracked the whole car fills up with that smell. I taken my 04 v6 4Runner in for the 3rd time. Toyota sent out a specialist and they couldn't fix the problem. They Still have the same story they say they can't do anything for it other then the tsb. So they opened a case with Toyota and said I can open an arbitration with them. If you all are having the same problem with bad customer service my advice to you is call toyota. Don't wait for the dealerships. They dont have the equipment to fix it or they would have done it already. If the people who have the problem come forward and hold toyota responsible they loose enough money from buying back these suv's. They will finally do something about it. I will keep you all posted on how the arbitration goes. Who ever username is bsg. I was wondering if I can get some specifics from you arbitration to help me with mine. Your help would be greatly appriceated.
#777 of 874 2005 4Runner Issues
Jun 28, 2005 (6:59 pm)
I'm getting ready to purchase an '05 SR5 V6 tomorrow (6/29). Is this sulfur problem a widespread issue with the '05 models as well??
#778 of 874 Re: 2005 4Runner Issues [gwall]
Jun 28, 2005 (7:20 pm)
I traded my v6 2003 limited for a 2005 v8 sport and i am still experiencing the sulfur smell. I hope it's because of the break in period there after it will go away.
I really like the v8 over the v6 and what's even more surprising I think that I am getting better gas mileage with the v8.